Nostalgia: Straight down the middle

D Flexen of Clydesdale, one of the Scottish Bank team, drives off in 1963 at the Braids

D Flexen of Clydesdale, one of the Scottish Bank team, drives off in 1963 at the Braids

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THE sun is shining, his supporters are out in force, now all he needs to do is drive home a win for his team in the historic Evening News-sponsored Dispatch Trophy.

D Flexen, pictured above in 1963, is one of hundreds to have taken part in the prestigious Edinburgh tournament which this weekend draws to a close after a week of gruelling competition.

Alistair Brown searches for his ball in the rough during the Dispatch Trophy in June 1971

Alistair Brown searches for his ball in the rough during the Dispatch Trophy in June 1971

The event began way back in 1899 at the Braid Hills course, with the first winners, Edinburgh Thistle, beating Viewforth on what was described in the newspaper as a “chilly but dry 
afternoon”.

Since then, many notable players have competed for the trophy, among them the 1931 Open champion, Tommy Armour, who helped win it for his team in 1914, 1920 and 1921.

He later found fortune in the United States upon emigrating from Edinburgh after the First World War.

In June 1971, as pictured here, it was the turn of the Watsonians to win the trophy having beaten City Chambers. The team had appeared 12 times in the final and won on every occasion.

Watsonians, the Evening News & Dispatch golf tournament winners with their trophy in June 1971.

Watsonians, the Evening News & Dispatch golf tournament winners with their trophy in June 1971.

In June 1965 it was time for the insurance side Scottish Widows Fund to take home the trophy. The team triumphed over the Observers by 4&3, giving them their first ever trophy
success.

It was another first for the event, too, that year as for the only time the Lord Provost was present at the closing ceremony on the very day he had received the honour of a knighthood.

As competitive as the event is, there is usually time for a little light entertainment, too, as this picture of golfer Alistair Brown frantically searching for his ball in the rough in 1971 shows.

Mr JM Sinclair receives Dispatch Trophy at the Scottish Widows Fund golf club

Mr JM Sinclair receives Dispatch Trophy at the Scottish Widows Fund golf club